TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16
@ Foam / 3359 South Jefferson Avenue
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages
We are not about branding, but this show and the Drummers Only Deux event happening on Saturday are "Wrong Division" events if we're being technical about it. Originally, Jitters was touring in support of Jealousy Mountain Duo from Germany, but the latter has since dropped all shows in lieu of its drummer's broken arm (from hitting the drums too damn hard over several years, no joke). That said, Jitters adheres to what has become the math rock formula inspired by bands such as Hella and Don Caballero, but the resulting sound is a guitar gone haywire with sharp percussion and a penchant for heavy breakbeats.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18
Microwaves (Pittsburgh, PA)
The R6 Implant
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust Street
9 p.m. / free / all ages
Pittsburgh's Microwaves brings a brain-bent guitar syndrome drowned in warbling synth and kinetic percussion. The drums maintain a hefty black metal feel through the static and hum while the vocals feel ripped out of the early '90s, landing somewhere between fiercely spoken word and angry shouting. The use of synth is liberal here without a keyboard in sight, thanks to foot pedals and a musical sleight of hand. The band recently moved from Weasel Walter's ugEXPLODE imprint to New Atlantis Records, joining the good company of bands such as Upsilon Acrux and killer BOB.
The Brass from Brooklyn is coming to town (likely Bonerville) with openers Ruz and Lars, who is playing the next night at the same spot. Details regarding venue have been vague, so we suggest looking at the Facebook event page to stay updated.
A quick three band power run of rock takes place at Foam on this night with Ohio group Weird Science, Brenda from Kentucky and Cave Lizard (former Big Blonde).
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19
Combat Knife (WA)
@ Bonerville / Ask Somebody
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages
Gag feels like a vicious recourse to hardcore in more ways than one. Not only does the band adhere to a generally aggressive sound, but it does so with a pitch perfect approach, staying absolutely in-the-pocket. Someone send them a memo: Punk bands aren't supposed to practice this much, right? The Warden and Lars are both of south city hardcore illuminati and among the strongest in Lumpy Recs exports.
Don't call it World Music: The Texas Room's first full-length album, Non-Fiction, debuts on this night at Blank Space with several performers from around the world. Louis Wall, the proprietor of the Texas Room, produced one song each month for the whole of 2015 with several players spanning five continents, and this release show shares the full-length album that came out of this year-long collaboration.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20
Drummers Only Deux feat.:
Mike Herr/Patrick Boland
Hannah Costillo/Gabe Vines
Drew Gowran/Alberto Patino
Shelly Koesterer/Scott Alexander
@ The Luminary/2701 Cherokee Street
8 p.m. / $7 / all ages
12 different duos made up of area percussionists and drummers team up on this night for a charity event to benefit International Institute St. Louis and the Organization for Black Struggle. The concert works more like an installation than a typical show, with each duo performing for 10-15 minutes before a seamless transition to the next act. Expect a solid 2-3 hour block of music made of several different disciplines. Arrive on time for a venue-wide piece featuring every participating act.
Chicago indie-rock invades the Billiken Club on this night with Twin Peaks and openers Persh and Drag.